UK news After years of toil, Irish Cup champions Glentoran are back on the right track under Pour last news
MetiNews.Com - From crisis club to Irish Cup winners - the Glentoran renaissance is under way.
Breaking News ! "From crisis club to Irish Cup winners - the Glentoran renaissance is under way. The club's new owner, Ali Pour, just couldn't wipe the smile off his face when he got his hands on the trophy minutes after the gut-churning win over Ballymena United at Windsor Park late on Friday night.Manager Mick McDermott and Paul Millar are now the driving force behind the revival of the east Belfast giants, having only arrived at The Oval back in March 2019.They predicted trophies, but didn't reckon their dream would come true so soon.Who would have believed it? Just over a year ago, this was a club in dire financial difficulty, having racked up debts to the value of £1.77m. There was the distinct threat of the doors closing - for good.It hadn't happened overnight, of course. The club had been on a downward spiral for the best part of a decade, with managers coming and going at an alarming rate.Following the late Alan McDonald's exit back in 2010, Scott Young, Eddie Patterson - the last boss to bring the Irish Cup to The Oval in 2015 - Alan Kernaghan and Gary Haveron all had their name on the office door before one of the Irish League's longest-serving managers, Ronnie McFall, tried his luck. Even though he won 23 trophies at Portadown, becoming the County Armagh club's most successful boss, his 29-year romance at Shamrock Park came to an end after a humiliating Irish Cup defeat by Lurgan Celtic in March 2016.He was out of the game for almost two years when, in their hour of need, Glentoran came knocking. But the problems were only beginning.Club legends Gary Smyth and Paul Leeman were installed as assistant boss and coach respectively, but results continued to deteriorate and McFall resigned after the Glens went a club-record 10 games without a win.The worst was yet to come.
.McDermott was part of the consortium, led by Iran businessman Pour, established to rescue the ailing Mersey Street club with a financial package which, he revealed, was only given the thumbs up last month.Little wonder it was all high-fives, backslaps and hugs when Pour joined McDermott, Millar and the rest of the Glentoran entourage for a celebratory beer after Friday's triumph.McDermott stressed it hadn't been an easy journey, admitting he had to lie, duck and dive to negotiate the choppy waters of Irish League management. "I had to tell the players the (Pour) deal was over the line, when it wasn't,'' he said. "I was signing players on pieces of paper that meant nothing because the deal wasn't signed until July 5."It was a stressful, stressful time and I had many sleepless nights and many battles with the board. I had other personal issues to deal with also."Then we had the Covid crisis arriving in March - you really couldn't have written the script. Put it this way, this is the hardest job I've ever been in.''Thanks to McDermott's persistence, the club has come out on the other side and is now financially stable.Following Friday's success, McDermott immediately announced a number of new signings in Luke McCullough, Jamie McDonagh and goalkeeper Rory Brown.Having punched their ticket to European football, which guarantees a £220,000 cash bonanza, McDermott's activity in the transfer market is still far from finished.It would be fair to say Glentoran are back in the big time - and that can only be good for Irish League football."
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